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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 2, 2007
When Estancia High Coach Mike Bargas exchanged game tapes with Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso this week, he came away smiling. “He’s personable, approachable,” said Bargas, who liked what he saw in Osso and also from his team on film. Estancia has beaten teams like Mesa this year. If it weren’t for the Mustangs’ locking up their first win of the year in an Orange Coast League opener Monday and earning a forfeit win Thursday, Estancia would’ve met another winless football team tonight at Newport Harbor High at 7. Each of the Eagles’ four wins have come against teams with zero wins.
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December 5, 2004
Bryce Alderton Costa Mesa High Coach Tim Postiff enters this girls water polo season much the same way as he did for the just-concluded boys campaign. The returners are many and expectations are high. Postiff, who coaches both teams, had just enough time to catch his breath after leading the boys squad to its first CIF Southern Section playoff victory in seven years Nov. 11 to the girls season opener Tuesday, which Mesa won. The transition, though, should come smoothly with five of six starters returning from a team that won the Golden West League championship for the program's first outright league.
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March 30, 2005
Bryce Alderton In addition to fielding the best high school boys golf team he can, Costa Mesa Coach Tom Baldwin enters every year with another task. Finding clubs for some of his players. "It's a challenge, we're starting from scratch," said Baldwin, in his ninth season at the helm. "Most of these kids don't have golf clubs. They use our clubs until they get into it and buy their own. We deal with this every year." Baldwin estimated friends of the program donated four sets of clubs this spring and he even bought a new set of irons for the team.
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March 16, 2001
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Visiting Costa Mesa High dropped a nonleague boys volleyball match to Ocean View, 15-5, 15-1, 15-7, Thursday, but Coach Dave Sorrells found some positives. "In the third game, I put in sophomores John Santos, Gilbert Landeros and Jason Hardy and they all made great defensive plays," Sorrells said. "We actually led, 6-3, in that third game, because of the lift those guys gave us. Some of our (starters) are still having a hard time understanding the mental approach it's going to take to win."
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November 12, 2004
Bryce Alderton Costa Mesa High's CIF Southern Section Division II first-round boys water polo game Thursday against visiting La Habra carried significance beyond merely extending a season. For the Mustangs' upperclassmen, primarily the six seniors, the contest offered an opportunity to affirm an ascent that began roughly three years ago, when Mesa found itself in the depths of the Pacific Coast League. The host Mustangs, though, seized the moment Thursday, scoring five first-period goals while adding strong defense late to earn the program's first CIF playoff victory in seven years following a 10-6 triumph over the Highlanders at Estancia High.
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June 18, 2005
Chris Yemma Three teams highlight the 2004-05 Costa Mesa High boys athletic year, but one in particular stands out after winning a CIF Southern Section title. The Mustangs swim team, keyed by the 400-yard freestyle relay unit of seniors Adam Douglas and Evan Spencer, along with junior Kyle Thorsness and freshman James Fowler, won its third straight Golden West League championship. The relay team won the CIF Southern Section Division III title -- with a bit of luck.
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August 6, 2006
FIRST-DAY RESULTS Joey Benedetti — 63   MESA LINDA COURSE CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT   Kevin Irwin — 65 Amit Chopra — 66 Jamie Estrada — 66 Hollis Kelley — 67 Danny Lane — 67 Adam Marshall — 67 Andrew Elliott — 68 Mike Fox — 68 Mike Fox — 68 Andy Horner — 68 Mitchell McCarthy — 68 Greg Valentine...
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July 22, 2007
Four Costa Mesa High School students representing Cal State Fullerton's Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement Team, placed third in the nation at the 2007 MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition. Juan Dominguez, Dorian Flores, Richard Kyo and Ted Lee received their diplomas at their graduation June 21, then boarded a plane that night to participate in the competition June 22 through 24 at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. The students designed and built a trebuchet, a "type of catapult with a sling on the end … that demonstrated distance, accuracy and power," as well as a custom travel case for the device.
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September 16, 2001
Barry Faulkner WESTMINSTER - In the second half of a rare daylight football doubleheader, it was the home run ball that proved the undoing for Costa Mesa High Saturday at nonleague host Westminster. The Lions (1-1), taking advantage of man-to-man perimeter pass coverage by the Mustangs (1-1) rolled up 287 aerial yards, including three touchdowns, to earn a surprising 22-16 victory. Westminster junior quarterback Fidel Gonzalez, who completed 10 of 21 for 73 yards, with two interceptions, in the Lions' 35-14 opening-week loss to Pacifica, confounded Costa Mesa Coach Dave Perkins by connecting with wide-open receivers all day. "That wasn't the same guy I saw last week," Perkins said of Gonzalez, who made his varsity debut last year against Mesa by completing 6 of 9 for 194 yards and a touchdown.
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By Mary Ellen Goddard | May 1, 2014
The Costa Mesa Library Foundation is holding a fundraiser for a larger library in the city on May 17 at the Wyndham Hotel in Costa Mesa. If you have misplaced your invitation, or for some reason didn't receive one, you can visit http://www.cmlf.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets. Respond by May 10. Included in this event is the foundation's 2013-14 Favorite Teacher Award. Four finalists will be competing: Cindy Fernald, Denise McKenzie, Rebecca Millam and Misty Smith. A $1,000 gas card will be raffled off and silent and live auctions promise lots of really great items.
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By Matt Szabo | May 1, 2014
Estancia High senior Nikkie Blinn could feel Costa Mesa junior Lauren Smith breathing down her neck. Blinn and Smith were perhaps the two best girls' water polo players in the city of Costa Mesa last winter. But they were battling in the anchor leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay at Wednesday's Orange Coast League swim meet at Costa Mesa High, and Smith was closing fast in the final 25 yards. Blinn said after the meet that she found a second wind. She held off Smith, touching in 1 minute, 52.45 seconds, with the Mustangs close behind in 1:52.78.
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May 1, 2014
Costa Mesa officials have hired a U.S. Air Force veteran with more than 20 years of information technology experience. Information Technology Director Steve Ely was first brought to City Hall on an interim basis in November. His position was made permanent this week. He will receive an annual salary of $152,328. Ely replaces Bobby Young, who left Costa Mesa last summer for a private-sector job. Young, who worked at City Hall for 13 years, was the city's finance and information technology director.
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By Hannah Fry | May 1, 2014
Eight Newport-Mesa Unified elementary schools this week were named California Distinguished Schools - the pinnacle of recognition for public schools in the state. The state bestowed the top honor for 2014 on Eastbluff, Harbor View, Lincoln, Mariners, Newport Coast, Newport Heights, Roy O. Andersen and Woodland elementary schools. "I am extremely proud of the schools and would like to recognize the administrators, staff, teachers, parents and students for their commitment and hard work in supporting the comprehensive and lengthy application process," Newport-Mesa Supt.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 1, 2014
While a gusting head wind was about the only challenge faced by Costa Mesa High boys' sprinter Quinton Bell on Thursday, Estancia girls' sprint star Persis Williams-Mensah received a rare Orange Coast League challenge in the boys' and girls' league dual track and field meet between the crosstown rivals at Jim Scott Stadium. Williams-Mensah, a senior three-time league champion in the 100 and 200 meters who has never lost a race in league competition, held off Costa Mesa sophomore Paige LaBare by a step in the 200 on Thursday.
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By Jill Cowan | May 1, 2014
Costa Mesa's Civic Openness in Negotiations, or COIN, ordinance could soon be tested on a bigger stage, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach said Tuesday. Near the end of this week's board of supervisors meeting, he told colleagues that he hopes to bring a modified version of the law - which aims to increase transparency in what have become reliably fractious public employee contract negotiations - before the full panel in late May. "We're busy putting it together, working with county counsel," he said by phone Wednesday.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 30, 2014
A bill that would require drug and alcohol rehabilitation homes to report residents' deaths passed the California's Assembly Health Committee last week. Assembly Bill 2374, introduced by Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, (R-Costa Mesa), would order the residential treatment centers to call in any resident's death within one working day and follow up with details in a written report to the state Department of Health Care Services. The reports would be required regardless of the cause of death or whether the death occurred at the rehabilitation home.
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April 29, 2014
It took firefighters about an hour to douse a fire at a Costa Mesa office building that sent flames 20 to 30 feet into the air and a plume of black smoke over the 405 Freeway late Tuesday afternoon. The blaze started in the loading dock of a pharmaceutical company on Sunflower Avenue near where the street ends at the Santa Ana River channel, Costa Mesa Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Diamond said. At least 30 firefighters responded from crews across Orange County, including the Orange County Fire Authority and Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach fire departments.
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By Bradley Zint | April 29, 2014
Ants not native to California have moved into Costa Mesa, but the danger they pose is not to the residents. A colony of Pheidole megacephala - a reddish-brown, "bigheaded ant" species native to Africa but found in Florida and Hawaii - was recently documented at some Mesa Verde homes. Now state and local officials must determine how widespread the exotic ant population is and what to do about it. While this species of ant poses no significant threat to humans - it doesn't sting or cause painful bites - Pheidole megacephala could displace native ant populations and pose problems for other insects and agriculture, said Richard Tiffer, a plant pathologist with the Orange County agricultural commissioner's office.
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By Hannah Fry | April 25, 2014
A Newport Beach company is suing Katrina Foley, a Newport-Mesa Unified School District board trustee, claiming she pursued a lawsuit without proper evidence in a case related solely to her capacity as an employment attorney. Monex Deposit Co. filed suit in April 2013 against Foley and her former client Terry Parsons, who initially sued the investment firm for allegedly firing him without cause, according to documents filed with the Orange County Superior Court. The court ruled in Monex's favor.
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